For many months, it appeared that Hurricane Sandy may have ruined the annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island, one of the most fun and colorful NYC traditions. But thanks to the efforts of Amanda Palmer and Coney Island USA, the event was saved, and New Yorkers were able to enjoy a beautiful, warm day parading around the boardwalk on Saturday in their weirdest facepaint and costumes. Check out a lot of photos above (some NSFW!) taken by Tod Seelie, and a video document of the event below.

As always, there were way, way too many photos from the event to fit into one post. So make sure you check out some of our favorite Flickr photographers, including: Tom Starkweather, Damien Derouene, Scoboco, Miss Apirl 1956, Silvia Saponaro, Jim Kiernan, and Atomische